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March 2014 News

Mentors needed to help families

  • Written by  Ian Anderson
COACH Coordinator Kathleen Fenby

After witnessing so many families fall apart because of a lack of support, school chaplain Debbie Dodds and City Women’s Letitia Shelton began praying for a program that would fill the gap.

After two years of searching for the right program and coordinator, City Women is excited to announce the new COACH program, which will be coordinated by Kathleen Fenby.

“The program’s thrust is to match up Christian volunteer mentors with families facing issues such as budgeting, managing health, parenting difficulties, isolation and family relationships,” said Kathleen.

“It is not a program for families with complex needs who may already be receiving agency support.” 

COACH began in the Baptist Church in Geelong, Victoria, and has since undergone a review process twice by Monash University, who fully endorse it, as does Tim Costello, the CEO of World Vision.

“Volunteer mentors, who receive 14 hours of training, are matched up to walk alongside families for an average of 2 hours a week for about 12 months,” said Kathleen.

“Mentors are not social workers or counsellors, but they definitely will need knowledge, skills, years of life experience and a solid commitment to Christ.”

Kathleen is a qualified social worker and will provide ongoing support and training to mentors and families.

The new COACH program in Toowoomba will only be a success if they can get enough mentors. 

Anyone interested can call Kathleen on 0499 638 417.

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